Kerry Mahoney has a background as a psychologist involved in education. Before starting to work with children, she taught life-skills to rehabilitated drug-users and long-term unemployed. Les McFarland has worked in computer-related fields for over 20 years. He currently consults to a number of Victorian universities on issues relating to the use of information technology.
Since 2015, they have been designing and running hands-on activities in schools focused on science and technology.
Kerry has coached teams of school children in both the First Lego League (an international robotics competition) and to the national finals of Robocup (a local robotics competition aligned to the ACARA Technologies curriculum area).
Meet our robots!
Lego Mindstorms EV3
We use EV3 LEGO Mindstorms education edition robots, which can be programmed to follow lines, identify colors, detect obstacles, make sounds and more! Students work in pairs building and programming the robot to complete various challenges.
For the younger age group we use LEGO Edison robots, these are programmed by running them over bar codes as well as simple graphical programming. They have multiple sensors so they can follow lines, detect obstacles, respond to sounds and more! Students work in pairs or small groups.